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FairVote Research Reports analyze American and international elections and election practices, studying the effect on voter participation, fairness in representation and competitive choice.

Latest Reports

  • Redistricting Reform in the South

    February 21, 2014

    Through the use of sample maps, this report examines the impact that different redistricting criteria would have on partisan and racial representation in the South.

  • The Effect of Fair Representation Voting on 2013 Cambridge, Massachusetts Municipal Elections

    February 20, 2014

    Cambridge, Massachusetts is the only municipality in the United States to elect its city council through the at-large form of ranked choice voting, a form of fair representation voting. This report examines the effects of this system on the city’s 2013 city council and school committee elections, with a particular focus on comparing the outcome of the city council contest with the results of a simulated election using an alternative system: winner-take-all block voting.

  • Monopoly Politics 2014 and the Fair Voting Solution

    November 7, 2013

    FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2014 and the Fair Voting Solution report includes projections for every district in the country in the 2014 midterm House elections, in-depth analysis of the problems with American congressional elections as they are, and our 50-state plan for electing Congress under a fair representation voting system that could be enacted by Congress.

     

  • Pennsylvania's Proportional Electoral Vote Allocation Proposal: A Nationwide Analysis

    July 24, 2013

    FairVote's analysis shows that Pennsylvania state Sen. Dominic Pileggi's proportional electoral vote allocation plan would do little to make presidential elections fairer if implemented nationally.

  • Top Two in Washington State

    July 18, 2013

    Update: This report has now been updated to include additional analysis from the results of the 2012 general election, more details on FairVote's proposed solution: Top Four with ranked choice voting, and analysis based on comparison to California's use of Top Two in 2012.

    The Top Two primary system has drawn increasing attention as a way to reform our elections. Rather than have parties nominate candidates who then face off in a general election, it establishes two rounds of voting: the first a "preliminary" to reduce the field to two candidates and the second a final runoff between the top two finishers. Candidates pick their own party label, and that label has no impact on which candidates advance.

    Louisiana for years was the only state using a form of the system for both state and federal elections. Washington State started using the system in 2008. California implemented it in 2012, and Arizona voters may adopt it in a November 2012 ballot measure. This report looks at the impact of the Top Two primary in Washington State in the two and a half election cycles in which it has been used. The report focuses on state legislative elections, but also summarizes results to date in congressional and statewide elections.

     

     

     

  • Federal Primary Runoff Elections and Voter Turnout Declines, 1994 - 2012

    July 18, 2013

    Many states currently use runoff election systems during primaries for statewide federal posts. However, the two-election runoff system leads to high turnout declines and a less representative second election, particularly if there is along time delay between the two elections.